” Please use caution in accepting the services of some of the local guides. Payment fees to guide visitors to the first waterfalls may be demanded by local touts and guides. At times these activities can be quite aggressive and demanding. This behaviour is most certainly not officially sanctioned and a guide is not required to visit the primary waterfall site.
Access to the primary waterfall is by way of an established pathway and steps. The fixed price entrance fee is posted at the ticket booth at the top of the steps leading down to the waterfall site.
A reputable and suitably experienced guide is recommended to walk to the second waterfall and is essential for the third which has a requirement for suitable climbing skills and equipment.
Many of the individuals that lurk near the entrance above the steps to waterfall site and nearby are opportunists with little or no guiding skills. These self proclaimed guides and their associates often demand a guide payment from visitors or guides who take people into Senaru from other areas such as Senggigi or the Tanjung area. If unsuccessful in gaining direct payment from a visitor they often demand it of the driver or guide who brought the visitor to the site. The extraction of this payment may be done in a manner that is not immediately apparent to the visitor. Some of the accompanying guides and drivers may explain this to the visitor, others may not. If a serious disputation develops with the local self proclaimed guides then explain to them that you will leave the site and travel to an alternative location.”
Aside from Mount Rinjani itself, the key attractions around here are the two well known waterfalls (air terjun). Guides abound in Senaru, and you might find it difficult walking anywhere without one. The best strategy is often to find a guide you like, agree a nominal price (under Rp 50,000) and have he or she (very unusually for Lombok, women guides are available here) accompany you. If nothing else, this will keep the others from hassling you.
– Air Terjun Sindang Gila (En. Slightly Crazy Waterfalls). The best known and most spectacular of the three. The water cascades everywhere here breaking some 50 m above the main arrival point. From Senaru village walk about 20 minutes to the southeast. The path is pleasant and leads through some splendid tropical forest.
– Air Terjun Tiu Kelep. Less spectacular but still very much worth it. Continue on uphill from Sindang Gila for about 40-60 minutes (depending on your fitness – this will involve a steep uphill climb and a creek crossing and several other obstacles). Tiu Kelep has a nice bathing pool below the falls with very cool invigorating water.
– Benang Stokel & Benang Kelambu Twins Waterfalls
Locally Benang Stokel is well-known for its 2 waterfalls, the Benang Kelambu waterfall and Benang Stokel waterfall. This track offers lots of variety and includes the Tiara Dewi Anjani waterfall. This is an route suitable for experienced trekkers.
– Jeruk Manis Waterfalls
Jeruk Manis waterfall also known as Jukut waterfall or often called by locals as Aik Temer is located in Barong Panas village near Tete Batu, East Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara. It is located at the southern foot of Mount Rinjani on the conservation area of Mount Rinjani National Park.
This waterfall has a height of more than 40 meters with a bulk and clear flow of water . The pond in the waterfall is shallow,thus it is safe enough even for people who can’t swim. The water is cold, and there are large rocks and bushes on the cliff of the waterfall.
People can also climb to the top of the waterfall through the track that has been provided. But we should be careful because the track is slippery. On the top of the waterfall there is a rocky river scenery and green forest.
According to the handed down story, the water of Jeruk Manis waterfall is believed to cure various diseases. For the purposes of disease treatment, a traditional ritual is usually led by Pemangku. Pemangku isa given name for indigenous elders.